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Bears and Wolves Preserved

The Grizzly Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana, gives visitors a chance to watch the behavior and interactions of wolves and grizzly bears in separate habitats. Photographers will delight in the fact that the animals can be captured from the viewing areas, and with a little luck and perseverance, the animals can be taken without the artificial constructions for your backdrop.

The Center supported eight grizzly bears in the year 2000: two Canadians from Revelstoke, BC, five from coastal Alaska and one Kodiak brown bear. The markings between the Alaskans and Canadians are distinct but the two are classified as a single species.

Along with the bears were the wolves, over a dozen of which live in the habitat.

Spend some time over both habitats. Watch and learn as much as you can from the animals' behavior. It will not only fascinate you during your visit, but will help to foster the spiritual necessity to preserve the wild places in America, and it just might help you interpret signs and behavior when out on the trail.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Isolated habitats, great for studying animal behavior
  • Cons:Difficult to photograph without including manmade constructions
  • In a nutshell:Cheap and safe way to witness predatory wildlife up close
  • Last visit to West Yellowstone: Jul 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Looks like an interesting place to visit.

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2006 at 10:39 AM

    We live 50 miles east of Yellowstone Park, but have only driven to West Yellowstone once. It sounds like they have done a nice job with their Grizzly Discovery Center.

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2005 at 7:54 AM

    Thanks for some good tips about West Yellowstone! Greetings from Augusta, GA!

  • DUNK67's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2004 at 6:52 AM

    well written tips with fantastic photos.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2004 at 2:58 AM

    Very interesting.

  • Canadienne's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2003 at 8:27 PM

    Your Local Custom tip is wise advice. . .the Grizzly pics are super (that must be some zoom for your main pic. . .I hope!).

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2003 at 7:44 PM

    No need to pay *your* way as you're always fortunate enough to see them in the wild.

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2003 at 9:36 AM

    Grizzly Bears are Gorgeous! I'm full with impressions from this page Mike! Thanks!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2003 at 12:47 PM

    Maybe this summer you'll see some of those bears but there won't be any fencing between you!! Very interesting..I hadn't heard of the animal center.

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2003 at 9:57 AM

    It's amazing how some meatheads treat animals. Beautiful, in fact, awesome animals.


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